When Superman/Wonder Woman debuted I concluded my review by saying
In a way I feel sorry for the creators. Batman, of course, kicked off the new 52 with a bang, literally, by having sex with Catwoman on a rooftop. So while you can talk up Superman and Wonder with talk of “adventures” and “heroics” that’s not the reason they are together in this book now. After 50 years of being pals those reading this book are expecting the book to end up where Batman began. Essentially Soule is charged with writing, for the very short term I’m sure, the comic equivalent of foreplay.
That Batman/Catwoman moment of course was drawn by Guillem March who gave Batman not just a six pack but a case.
Today DC Comics unveiled the variant cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #3. And to keep Superman at pace with Batman, we have the same artist giving us another post (or maybe pre- YOU DECIDE) moment.
Let’s ignore that March still draws his characters as if human anatomy is a loose guideline. Let’s ignore WTF is going on with Wonder Woman’s legs. Let’s ignore that Wonder Woman is drawn with more make-up than a Khadashian. Let’s ignore the fact that they have Wonder Woman apparently wrapping herself in Superman’s cape which is basically one of the most iconic Lois Lane images ever. But, hey, maybe it’s not his cape. Maybe it’s hers. Oh wait, she doesn’t wear one. Okay, maybe it’s a sheet. You know because they just came across one in space. Space sheets - now in aisle one at Target.
But what I can’t ignore is the cliched gendered poses they’ve gone with. Superman stand shirtless, tall, hand curled - a typical male pose of strength.
And Wonder Woman. Sloe eyed, enrapped in a sheet with her arms crossed not in pose of power but in a pose of seduction.
If they were both posed the same way it wouldn’t be so bad. You now something like this (but now just like that …)
But they aren’t. And really what can you do when you’ve March drawing the same face on Wonder Woman that he draws on Selina, Ivy and just about any other woman he draws.
I had my concerns about this pairing because I knew that Wonder Woman would end up being a prop to bolster Superman. I had a mailbox full of people concerned about Superman beating up Wonder Woman’s foe in the last issue. But I sorta handwaved that. Even Superman needs to be a peacock in front of his girlfriend.
But this cover? This bothers me.
Sigh. Let me know when this relationship is over.